Mayor Kendall W. Lane to Address Graduates at Antioch University New England Commencement on May 14, 2016

Jason Rhoades to address fellow graduates as student speaker

Keene, New Hampshire (May 4, 2016)—Mayor Kendall W. Lane will deliver this year’s keynote address during commencement exercises for Antioch University New England (AUNE) on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 10 am at Keene Middle School, 167 Maple Avenue. He will share some of the important insights he has learned during his life of service, spanning a career as a U.S. Army veteran, an accomplished lawyer, legislator, and a community advocate. Student speaker Jason Rhoades will also discuss the theme of a life of service by sharing that creating positive change involves both failures and small victories along the way.

Keynote Address
Through his service, leadership, and commitment to Keene and the Monadnock region, Mayor Lane has established and strengthened numerous partnerships between the city and local organizations while focusing on our community’s resiliency and sustainability. Serving as the mayor of Keene, Lane has collaborated with members of Antioch University New England’s community to directly advance the needs of our city and region.

“Mayor Lane’s leadership has sparked programs and enabled us to work together in proactive and meaningful ways for the betterment of our community,” said AUNE’s President Dr. Stephen Jones. “His insights on a life of service—to his country, community, and profession—will remain revered and relevant for generations to come.”

Lane was born and raised in Keene. He graduated from Keene High School in 1965, the University of New Hampshire in 1969, and Boston University Law School in 1975. He served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1973. He was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 1975 and has continued to practice law since then. He served in the New Hampshire Legislature from 1981 to 1984 and as delegate for the New Hampshire Constitutional Convention in 1984. Lane served as a city councilor for the City of Keene from 1986 to 1993 and from 2007 to 2011 before being elected as mayor. He served as both a board member for the Cheshire Medical Center and chair of its Finance Committee; and a board member and president of the board for both Keene Family YMCA and the Keene Chamber of Commerce. He also served as chairman of board for the Southwest Regional Planning Commission and on its Transportation Advisory Committee as chair since 1994.

Student Speaker
Jason Rhoades, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Environmental Studies whose degree will be conferred during the ceremony, will address the audience as this year’s student speaker. While pursuing his doctorate, he helped launch Master’s International at AUNE, a program offered in partnership with the United States Peace Corps that combines graduate study and volunteer service. He now serves as the coordinator for Master’s International. For his dissertation research, Jason worked with the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, helping its senior population adapt to climate change. He has helped faculty members in the Department of Environmental Students with stormwater infrastructure projects in Sunapee, New Hampshire, and Minnesota.

“Jason’s contributions to Antioch University have had far-reaching impacts both locally and globally,” said President Jones. “His enthusiasm and attitude are infectious, illustrating that one can accomplish just about anything with the right mindset and intention. As a student, he helped establish AUNE’s Master’s International program and has inspired current students and his colleagues more than he knows.”

About the Graduates
AUNE will confer 110 degrees which include the following: Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Department of Applied Psychology; Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Clinical Psychology; Master of Education in Elementary/Early Childhood Education, Master of Education in Foundations of Education from the Department of Education;  Master of Business Administration in Sustainability from the Department of Management; Master of Science in Environmental Studies, Master of Science in Resource Management and Conservation, and  Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies from the Department of Environmental Studies; and certificates.

Graduates who earned or will earn their degree in October 2015, December 2015, May 2016, and August 2016 will participate in this commencement ceremony. Tickets are required to attend. To learn more visit

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